Mexican Chicken

Our dinner tonight is an update of an old favorite, Mexican Chicken. My family has enjoyed Mexican Chicken for years, but the recipe has evolved over time. The original recipe that I used came from my Aunt Lillian, and it called for a bag of taco flavored Dorito chips. I use a different kind of chips now in my Mexican Chicken, and I have also added some other ingredients to the original recipe.

Mexican Chicken
2 pounds boneless chicken, cooked
Ground red cayenne pepper
Garlic salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 (4.5 ounce) can chopped green chiles
1 (2 1/4 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
1 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 (13 ounce) bag tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13-inch baking dish by spraying with nonstick cooking spray. Chop or shred cooked chicken and place in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with red pepper and garlic salt.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and saute the onion until tender. Add the Rotel, mushroom soup, chicken soup, chiles, olives, and Velveeta cheese. Stir together over low heat until cheese is melted.
Place a layer of tortilla chips over the chicken in the baking dish, then pour the cheese mixture over the chips; mix slightly. Top with another layer of tortilla chips (you will not need the whole bag of chips). Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Sprinkle chicken with red pepper and garlic salt.

Add a layer of tortilla chips.

Pour the cheese mixture over the chips and mix slightly.

Add another layer of tortilla chips, cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes longer.

Serve it up - hot, cheesy, and delicious.


  1. What a wonderful recipe!I can see why it's a family fave!

  2. This is something my guys would love! I might put this together for the Steelers game tomorrow. I think everyone will love it! Visiting from Foodie Friday, I would love it if you stopped by my blog to say hi.

    Mandi at boredombustingmommy.blogspot.com

  3. That looks really tasty - I love the tortilla chips. Thanks for linking up to Fat Camp Friday. Hope you enjoyed your weekend, see you next time!

  4. This sounds so good and easy too! Love this recipe. I can't wait to try it. I am putting it on my list for this week. Please do come over and share it at Hunk of Meat Monday.

  5. Oh I have to try your recipe! Looks tasty and easy! Perfect for game day.

  6. Mexican food is my weakness! This casserole looks muy muy bien! Thanks for sharing it ON THE MENU MONDAY. OLE'!

  7. I love Mexican food!! Your recipe sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it:)

  8. My mom made this often when I was growing up and it was a family favorite. I don't think I've introduced my hubby to this recipe yet. I know he's going to love it. Thank you for the memories!

  9. Anita,
    This is a great Mexican Casserole, lots of flavor and it looks delicious. We will really enjoy this recipe. Hope you have a wonderful holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen